A groundbreaking ceremony for Walton County’s new animal shelter is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 9, at 10:30 a.m., at 365 Triple G Road near the new county corrections facility.
When complete, the new $1.9 million shelter will include 8,400 square feet “under roof” and will provide county staff an opportunity to offer adoption services for stray and rescued animals. Walton County Animal Control will operate the facility, and county officials plan to use inmate labor from the nearby correctional institution to help defray operating costs. County officials expect to have the facility open within one year.
“We have been looking forward to breaking ground on this shelter for many years,” says District 2 Commissioner Kenneth Pridgen. “We had been contracting our services to a facility in Chipley, and transporting our animals such distances has been costly to taxpayers,” he says. “Having our own facility in Walton County helps to lessen these costs in the long run as fuel prices rise and makes recovering lost pets much easier for those who live here.”
The public is invited and encouraged to join county officials in the groundbreaking ceremony on Oct. 9.
2008 Proposed Amendments
to Florida Constitution
Relating to Property Rights/Ineligible Aliens (Constitutional Amendment 1)
Summary: Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to delete provisions authorizing the Legislature to regulate or prohibit the ownership, inheritance, disposition, and possession of real property by aliens ineligible for citizenship.
Florida Marriage Protection Amendment (Constitutional Amendment 2)
Summary: This amendment protects marriage as the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife and provides that no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized.
Changes and Improvements Not Affecting the Assessed Value of Residential Real Property (Constitutional Amendment 3)
Summary: Authorizes the Legislature, by general law, to prohibit consideration of changes or improvements to residential real property which increase resistance to wind damage and installation of renewable energy source devices as factors in assessing the property’s value for ad valorem taxation purposes. Effective upon adoption, repeals the existing renewable energy source device exemption no longer in effect.
Property Tax Exemption of Perpetually Conserved Land; Classification and Assessment of Land Used for Conservation (Constitutional Amendment 4)
Summary: Requires Legislature to provide a property tax exemption for real property encumbered by perpetual conservation easements or other perpetual conservation protections, defined by general law. Requires Legislature to provide for classification and assessment of land used for conservation purposes, and not perpetually encumbered, solely on the basis of character or use. Subjects assessment benefit to conditions, limitations, and reasonable definitions established by general law. Applies to property taxes beginning in 2010.
Assessment of Working Waterfront Property Based Upon Current Use (Constitutional Amendment 6)
Summary: Provides for assessment based upon use of land used predominantly for commercial fishing purposes; land used for vessel launches into waters that are navigable and accessible to the public; marinas and drystacks that are open to the public; and water-dependent marine manufacturing facilities, commercial fishing facilities, and marine vessel construction and repair facilities and their support activities, subject to conditions, limitations, and reasonable definitions specified by general law.
Local Option Community College Funding (Constitutional Amendment 8)
Summary: Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to require that the Legislature authorize counties to levy a local option sales tax to supplement community college funding; requiring voter approval to levy the tax; providing that approved taxes will sunset after 5 years and may be reauthorized by the voters.